3 responses to An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Karen Johnson-Weiner: Part Three
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    Mike H.
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Karen Johnson-Weiner: Part Three (January 31st, 2009 at 13:06)

    As a parent of children who attended Old Order schools I would say the big problem is the variance in teacher ability. Some schools are staffed by totally inept “teachers” as young as 16 who know next to nothing. In other schools unmarried older women who attend summer teaching workshops run by Old Order groups, are excellent teachers. There are some seriously uneducated Amish youth due to underage teachers. The government should NOT regulate this. However, the Amish should police themselves. Like everyone else, Amish children have the right to be able to spell correctly and read fluently. The spelling especially can be atrocious. Some are seriously embarrassed later in life by their ineptitude in writing and spelling.

    That having been said, let me congratulate you in general on your unique and informative blog. Please keep it going.

    Sincerely,
    Mike

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    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Karen Johnson-Weiner: Part Three (January 31st, 2009 at 14:18)

    Mike, thanks for the comments. I think you make some good points here.

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    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Karen Johnson-Weiner: Part Three (February 9th, 2009 at 18:48)

    Interesting comments in that article about the role of education. And I find it interesting that Mike speaks in favor of self-regulation rather than government regulation. However he managed to learn that, we need more of it in our society.

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    One book I’m looking forward to | Amish America Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Karen Johnson-Weiner: Part Three (February 15th, 2010 at 14:35)

    […] I will be sure to have more on it nearer to publication, but in the meantime, if you like you can have a read of a three-part interview we did last year, in which the professor discusses New York Amish, Swartzentruber Amish, and Old Order education. […]

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